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The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has issued a toolkit for governments across Europe on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 Toolkit (available in several languages)
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (Europe) and the European Innovation Council (EIC) have organised an online market engagement to connect public and private procurers from the health sector with EIC companies providing medical supplies (e.g. personal protective garments, medication, test kits, respiratory machinery, etc.) and innovative technologies (e.g. tele-medicine, remote solutions, artificial intelligence for data analysis and prediction, etc.). The first event on 23 April 2020 will bring together European procurers and up to 40 EIC companies; the procurers will have the opportunity to outline their needs and the challenges and problems they face in relation to COVID-19, while the EIC companies will be able to pitch solutions to these challenges. The event brought together European procurers and up to 40 EIC companies where the procurers had the opportunity to outline their needs and the challenges and problems they face in relation to COVID-19, while the EIC companies proposed solutions to these challenges.
ICLEI in partnership with the Federal City of Bonn organised a virtual global forum on climate change for urban leaders tackling the climate emergency, especially in this context of pandemic.
ICLEI shared an initiative of one of its members, the City of Rome, which has developed bicycle paths to promote physical remoteness and safe mobility during the pandemic, and shared the programme of the city of Antwerp (Belgium) on how to encourage sustainable mobility after COVID-19.
ICLEI organised a series of webinars on city resilience, sub-national leadership, and shaping a resilient post-COVID-19 urban era with nature and effective planning in Africa
ICLEI organised two online events on : "Making Cities Resilient: Developing and implementing local disaster risk reduction strategy to respond to COVID-19 and to better prepare for the Future" and "Africa's first epicentre: Sharing COVID-19 experiences from top leaders in South Africa’s Western Cape and global experts".
A series of webinars was also held on Climate Resilience: Opportunities for Recovery in South Asia in the context of COVID-19.
ICLEI (Global) has dedicated a page to COVID-19 where the Organisation collects resources that can be useful and inspiring for its network and a page to mobility in the context of this crisis, which offers a selection of resources and measures from cities and partners around the world
ICLEI published an article on the future of public spending in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
ICLEI's Regional Director for Europe, Wolfgang Teubner launched a reflection on: "What is the new normality? Challenges and opportunities beyond COVID-19" and stressed that local leaders were embracing their responsibility to serve and respond to hardship in his message on the COVID-19 crisis.